Oxtail Soup

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Jan 092012

Hearty oxtail soup

This oxtail soup is very simple to make, it is very hearty and comforting, especially in this cold weather. You find a complete meal in a bowl of this soup. I call it soup, but somewhat comes in between soup and stew due to its thickness. Because oxtail has high fat and high gelatin content, I usually like to cook this soup only during cold weather months.
To speed up the cooking time I used the pressure cooker because oxtail is very muscular. I like to cook this soup in two steps because oxtail needs a longer time to cook and I like to visualize the pieces of potatoes, carrots and celery in my soup and not have them “pulverized”.


1 ½ -2 lbs oxtail
1 medium onion cut
3-4 garlic cloves
1 can stew tomatoes
½ tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon cooking wine
Salt and pepper to taste
4 medium potatoes cut in pieces
3 medium carrots cut in pieces
4 stalks of celery


In the pressure cooker, sauté the onion and garlic with the olive oil until slightly brown, add the oxtail and braise. Add the can of stewed tomatoes, the cooking wine and cover the oxtail with water. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook in high heat until the pressure has been built up. Once the pressure is on, turn the heat to low and let it cook for approximately 40 minutes or until the oxtail are tender.
Add the potato, carrot and celery to the soup and let it cook until the potato and carrot are soft, add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve hot.

I hope you enjoy this simple and hearty recipe for oxtail soup.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that oxtail is a tail of a cow? And that traditionally oxtail came from neutered adult cattle, but over time oxtails have been cut from any kind of cattle.

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  69 Responses to “Oxtail Soup”

  1. juliana, i love making soups during the winter months too! i’m in love with the pressure cooker! i should use it more often. i hope you are enjoying the start to 2012. hugs!

  2. I so love oxtail!!!
    Never tried oxtail soup, just braised and it’s so delicious.
    Thanks for sharing,

  3. Your soup looks so hearty, I would love a bowl. Oxtail is new to me but it looks so good!

  4. Looks like a heart and delicious soup. Perfect for the upcoming winter months!

  5. that was suppose to say hearty!

  6. I think Winter must be the oxtail recipes season because I have already seen some on friendly blogs.
    Your soup sounds delicious and makes me want to go shopping and start experimenting with oxtail.

  7. I love a hearty oxtail soup, but I don’t have the patience (or slow-cooker) to make it. Yours looks delicious, almost makes me wish it was winter here so I could enjoy a bowl.

  8. Hearty and comforting…would like this as I sit wrapped in blanket….

  9. I’ve never eaten oxtails before, but I’ve seen them in a lot of my cookbooks. I bet this is delicious, hearty, and comforting. Maybe if I ever see oxtails at the store, I’ll given then a try.

  10. My mother would make oxtails and I remember how tender and delicious they were. I’ve not really made them that often and you i do know they need to cook quite awhile, you’ve done a fabulous dish with them!!

  11. Ah the oxtail soup, a dish that scares so many. This dish has come up a lot in various conversations I have had lately. I have never seen an oxtail at the grocery store but would love to try your recipe. Have a great week Juliana.

  12. looks good to me funny just asked on the chow and chatter facebook page if there is anything you dont like some one said oxtail soup

  13. What a deliciously hearty soup! Sounds perfect 🙂

  14. I’ve never had oxtail before but I bet this is so hearty!

  15. You just gave me a waft of comfort on my soul. Haven’t done oxtail in any form yet and ’tis time. And this is the perfect recipe. Winter returns to Minnesota on Wednesday.

  16. This is such a comfort food, Juliana! Would love to eat it with warm bread, oh my mouth is watering. Have a great 2012 to you, Juliana!

    ~ ray ~

  17. Hi Juliana – Hope you’re having a great start to the new year 🙂 I love oxtail soup whether it’s Western or Asian style and your version looks so hearty and warming! It’s a pity not many appreciate this wonderful cut of meat, though to be honest, it does look intimidating in it’s uncooked state and preparing it is a labour of love. You have done a beautiful job!

  18. This looks so good Juliana! I have not had oxtail soup in a while.

  19. You’ve made it look so delicious!

  20. I can never pass up oxtail. True winter comfort food. My fave version is Ming Tsai’s with lemongrass. It’s incredible.

  21. Though time consuming, yours looks so delicious and perfectly made!

  22. I’ve never tried oxtail anything, but that soup looks to be exactly what I look for in a hearty winter soup. So rich and chunky…I LOVE it! I guess I could sub beef? Hope your weekend was awesome too!

  23. I hope you had a good new year!

  24. Thick and hearty soups are the best sort, if you ask me… I’m just wondering if I could use seitan in your recipe instead. It’s a good excuse to experiment with the rarely used pressure cooker, at least!

  25. What a wonderful winter soup. Your recipe sounds delicious and I know I’d love to have a bowl of it. I hope you have a great day. Blessing…Mary

  26. So funny! I just dug out my Pressure Cooker. I adore Oxtail Soup and you are so right the pressure cooker was made for such a soup. I’ve bookmarked this recipe Juliana and hope to enjoy it to celebrate National Soup Month!!!

    Thanks for sharing…

  27. Yummy! I loved how soft and tender the meat looks.

  28. I love the look of this soup! I especially love that you cook it in the pressure cooker. I just received one for Christmas and I’ve been anxious to find a few recipes to try out. I’m adding this to my “to try” list.

  29. I just LOVE Oxtails.. so eating them in a form of a soup just looks delicious and amazing. I can’t wait to try out this recipe. Thanks for sharing this

  30. I love oxtail because they are very tasty and they make amazing soups! I can already imagine how fantastic this soup is.

  31. Something in me balks at the thought of eating tail. However, that soup is full of delicious flavours, and I’m sure once I tried it I’d scoff the whole bowl 🙂

  32. Today it is snowing here so I wish I had a bowl of this hearty soup Juliana!

  33. that’s the stuff, juliana! the broth alone is worth braving even the fiercest of winter storms. 🙂

  34. Hi Juliana,
    You’ve made a wonderful hearty soup, and you are wise to cook it in two steps, so that the oxtail becomes tender, and the vegetable maintain their integrity.

  35. Dear Juliana,

    As you know, I just made a pot of oxtail bolognaise and my dilemma is always whether to do oxtail soup instead. This recipe is one of my favourites, the other being the Indonesian style oxtail soup which is lighter with star anise, cloves, cinnamon and lots of pepper.

    Each of my batches is actually 2kg or 4lbs plus because the other great thing about this soup is that it keeps well frozen to tame those oxtail urges when they hit! Truly delicious and thanks for sharing the recipe.

  36. This is such a beautiful, hearty dish, I would love to make it this month! Hope your week is wonderful so far, my friend!

  37. I’ve definitely been in the mood for soups lately! I like your two steps of cooking to keep the shapes of the chopped vegetables.

    Happy New Year!

  38. How delicious! It’s very reminiscent of soup my mom would make at home!

  39. The oxtail soup looks so hearty and flavorful. Oxtail stew/soup is also one of my favorite winter comfort foods! Thanks for sharing!

  40. Yum, I love soups like this. I have never use oxtail, but some day I may.

  41. I am not a big fan of ox tail soup, but your soup does entice me to eat something comforting now : ).

  42. I think a lot of people can’t take the image of beef’s tail being eaten, and I WAS one of them. So funny I eat beef tongue for Yakiniku (Japanese bbq) and I refused to eat tail? Anyway that was just my selfish and weird reason. My husband grew up eating oxtail (he’s Chinese) and he introduced me to the oxtail soup. I’m now hooked and I just drool looking at your recipe. YUM… yours look delicious Juliana!

  43. I’ve never tried using oxtail before but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen the cut. It sounds like a wonderful and hearty winter soup.

  44. We used to live in Florida and my husband went to one restaurant specifically for oxtail soup. He will be so happy to know that I now have a recipe to make this soup for him. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  45. I have never had Oxtail, but your soup is convincing me that I must. I haven’t used my pressure cooker in ages. Must get that guy out of the back of the cabinet. This soup looks splendid!

  46. lovely looking flavours

  47. I love a pressure cooker for tough meat. It tenderizes it so well. I would love a new pressure cooker though, mine is old and I have to wait for it to cool down to open it. Good move on cooking the vegetables after, the veggies can get so soft and mushy.

  48. I’ve never cooked with oxtail. It sounds like it makes an amazingly heartwarming stew.

  49. This is somewhat similar to the oxtail stew I always make, so I am sure that this is delicious, Juliana!

  50. I enjoy oxtail soup as the oxtail gives it a lot of flavor, plus the gelatin is good for us 🙂

  51. I love oxtail and I have a recipe I am waiting to try 🙂

  52. Admittedly, unfamiliar with oxtail…and you’ve got me wanting to try this dish even though meat is had here only every so often.
    I will from now on have a curious eye out for this mysterious tail ;o)
    Lovely dish with comfort ingredients. Thanks.

    Have a great weekend Juliana ;o)

    Ciao for now,

  53. I have never prepared oxtail soup before….wish I could have some now! It looks sure delish!

  54. So satisfying, comforting, warming and delicious! A marvelous soup.



  55. Juliana you always manage to make the recipes sound so simple and make it come to life with pictures. Looks hearty, yummy and warm. Perfect for the weather. Hey how about you writing a guest post on my blog. I would love to share your wonderful recipes with my reader. Please let me know.

  56. just what I need for this cold winter in Paris !!pierre

  57. My mouth is watering because this oxtail soup looks so good…!! Look at that lovely bright red colour!!

  58. […] oxtail soup is very Simple to make, it is very hearty and comforting, especially in this cold weather. You find a complete […]

  59. I have never made oxtails at home, and this recipe may convince me to try it! Thanks for sharing Juliana!

  60. This really looks like a warm and comforting soup, and beautiful photos!

  61. This is one of my dad’s favorite dishes. Yours looks wonderful and delicious. Happy new year to you, Juliana! Hope you had a great holiday!

  62. Have a magical Monday!

  63. Oxtail is such comfort food! And perfect for cold weather. You soup looks and sounds wonderful! Wish I could have a bowl tonight… 🙂

  64. Juliana, that looks warming, comforting and absolutely delicious!

  65. Your stew looks like the perfect winter comfort dish. Hope you’re staying warm and are enjoying the new year!

  66. Woke up to snow covered ground, this oxtail soup is just what I need.
    I frequently double the recipe, after the first cooking step, I remove half of the soup, cool, freeze and label with a note to add veggies. Continue with step 2 with the remaining soup in the pot.

  67. I’ve never had oxtail before — maybe because I am afraid of eating anything that remotely resembles tail? That soups definitely looks droolicious, no doubt 🙂

  68. We’ve come across oxtail soup on our trips to the Caribbean, but I’ve never had the opportunity to try it. This looks really amazing. Nice and comforting.

  69. This is oxtail soup looks such a comfort dish!